Dog First Aid – CPR

CPR is one of the emergency procedures that can save the pet’s life! Dog owners are encouraged by the American Red Cross and other animal health organizations to learn how to give the pet CPR. One family member that knows how to give CPR to the dog will be very beneficial for the pet. CPR is for cardiopulmonary resuscitation. This first aid procedure that entails chest compression and rescue breathing will revive pets that have suffered cardiac arrest. Cardiopulmunary procedure is an emergency care that will stabilize the pet’s condition after cardiac arrest.

Electrocution and ingestion of poisonous substances, ingestion of foreign object that can create an airway blockage can snuff the life of the pet.  All dog owners would do anything to keep the pet safe from life threatening accidents. Dogs have an inquisitive and energetic nature and no matter how dog owners try to keep the pet safe, accidents will still happen. Learning first aid methods will be a dog owner’s insurance against serious injuries that can cause the death of the pet. CPR is one of the emergency management methods that can save the life of the pet. This first aid method and life saving skill can give the pet owner the chance to have more enjoyable days jogging or playing fetch with the pet. CPR entails the administration of artificial respiration and chest compression. CPR can be administered by following the ABC process.

Step A is for airway. The airway of the pet must be checked if it is clear. A blocked airway will make the administration of artificial respiration futile. If the dog’s head is not injured, it would be necessary to extent the head and to open the mouth to see if the airway is blocked by an object. If manual removal of the blockage is not possible, Heimlich maneuver must be done on the pet.

If the airway is clear, rescue breathing can be done. With one hand, hold the mouth of the dog close and blow on the dog’s nose to make the chest move.  Blow over the dog’s nose once every three seconds until the dog is already breathing without help. Breathing must be at full lung capacity to revive large dogs. Rescue breathing for smaller dogs must be just enough to make the chest rise and not to inflate the lungs.

Chest compression is done to a dog that has lost consciousness and to one that has no pulse nor heartbeat. Position the palm of the hand on the dog’s ribcage over the heart. With the hand over another position, start the compression. Rate of compression should be 3 compressions every 2 seconds. While administering CPR check signs of breathing periodically



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